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  • Leaving the System

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    The portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, according to a report that looks like bad news for the national college completion push.

  • Using Text-Message Reminders to Boost Student Persistence

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    A recent paper found that more than 18 percent of students who received a Pell Grant in their freshman year and earned at least a 3.0 GPA—a group that would seem to have every reason to reapply for aid—failed to do so.

  • Involving faculty in student retention

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    As pressure mounts to improve college completion rates, community colleges are looking for solutions to an age-old problem: how to keep students from dropping out once they enroll.

  • Get intrusive about advising

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    At Palo Alto College (PAC), high-touch advising is helping to get students on campus and making sure they stay.

  • Graduation gap between Latinos and whites shrinks

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    The gap in college graduation rates between Latinos and whites has dropped to 9 percent from 14 percent two years ago, according to new data from Excelencia in Education.

  • Engage students, faculty in completion agenda

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Students and faculty must be integral partners in efforts to boost college completion, according to a panel of college leaders who helped gather information for the new 21st-Century implementation guide released by the American Association of Comm

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